- May 24, 2022
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So I had two internships in the field that I am now employed in and both were very different. The first one I got some fairly valuable experience (although ironically I had to leave this one bc they shut down their intern program bc they felt like they weren't doing a good job giving their interns experience) but I was definitely not qualified at all. I had no experience whatsoever and I straight up told them this in the interview. The skills from my first internship didn't transfer over to my second so I was again not qualified for the job but I did learn a lot in that internship and I'm employed full time at the company now. It got to the point where I almost wanted to drop out of college and just work full time for this company bc my college classes weren't teaching me anything more that I hadn't already learned in my job that I needed to know so college seemed even more like a waste of money. I'd say be careful about where you intern bc seeing some of the stories of other people at my uni it's very clear that some companies don't want to teach you anything at all and just use you as cheap labor.two genuine questions bc im getting to the period in my life where ill have to start taking internships:
do you think you got valuable work experience through your internship?
do you think you were already qualified for that internship? (i.e you could have just been hired instead of being an intern)
no. unless you're living at home with your parents during this time how are you going to provide for yourself? If you're in college your spending money will run out since you won't have anything to replenish it. Investment only works if you can survive the initial loss of capital and this isn't even a real investment. Sure you'll have a slightly nicer resume but in my experience resumes really only get you into an interview and your people skills and relationships help you to get the job. If you're doing work for a company don't sell yourself short.also, isn't being "paid" in experience through an internship just as valuable because it gets you ready for higher-paying jobs? like an investment for the future?
Idk based off of my experiences and the experiences of my peers when I was in college my biggest piece of advice is to make sure you don't take an internship that just wants to use you as cheap labor. You want to make sure you actually do learn something
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